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The following posts are reposted from another forum. I thought that some of the Stromers over here might find this helpful.


After debating about it for 4 years, I've finally gotten around to replacing my 'Strom's handlebars myself. (Yeah, I know... I'm kinda slow sometimes.) Cycle Gear was having a 10% off sale, so I went ahead and got bars, clamps, and heated grips. I decided to go with ProTaper Countour bars in the CR Hi bend in the Titanium color. thesea are just a shade lower than stock, but with MUCH less pullback. I'm also replacing the OEM bar clamps with ProTaper bar clamps. I think they just look a lot cleaner than the universal adapters that stack on top of the originals.

I have the left side disassembled, but the nut for the right-side stock bar clamp rounded off on me. So, now I have to take the fairing side off to get a better angle on it and get a Gator Grip socket up there to grab the nut. I'm also going to have to drill out the metal discs on the top and bottom of the rubber mounts, since the ProTaper mounting bolts are larger than stock. Unfortunately, I probably won't have the time to work on it for a few days. Once I get the new bars and clamps mounted up, I'll be adding my new heated grips. I'll post some pics as soon as I'm done.
 

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Well, I didn't get the new bars installed today, but I did buy a set of damaged bolt/nut removers and I got the right-hand bar clamp off. Just for comparison, here are the original clamps and bars with the new clamps and bars.



The new bars look considerably lower in these pics, but the rise is actually only .26" less than stock. Since the Contour bars are so much thicker, they appear to have less rise than they actually do. The new bars and clamps have a much beefier appearance than the originals. I'm still debating whether to leave the new bars full width or cut them down to more of the stock width. I'll probably mount them with my old grips and give them a test run before I decide for sure.
 

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Change of plans... the CR Hi Contour bars just aren't going to work. I'll be taking them back to Cycle Gear tomorrow and ordering the ATV Mid bend.

If I rotate them to the angle that is most comfortable for me, they are too low. At full lock, the controls hit the sides of the cowl. I gave myself a little 1/4 inch scratch on each side.


Oh well, I'm repainting the whole thing this winter anyway. The ATV Mids have a 4.25" rise versus the CR Hi's rise of 3.74"

Also, the grip area is too short. There just isn't enough room to mount all the controls to my satisfaction. If I push the levers in far enough to get the grips where I want them, the levers are cocked at an angle, rather than parallel to the bars. The ATV Mid bars are 1/2 inch wider, so they should help with that.

I also changed my mind on the Platinum Gray color and I'm going with the dusk black bars. Hopefully, I won't have to wait too long for the new bars. There's a big Tucker Rocky warehouse just a few miles away, so I may be able to get them this weekend.

The clamps look great on the bike. I can't wait to get the right bars on there and take it for a ride.



Edit: Yep, I return the CR Hi bars, but I won't receive my new ATV Mid bars until Monday or Tuesday. Well, no riding for me this weekend.
 

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My ATV Mid bars came in today and they fit wonderfully! I haven't put the grips on yet, but here's a shot of the bars.

(Yes, I know my garage is a mess!)

Anyway, I have new heated grips to install, but I'll probably just reinstall the old ones for now so I can take it out for a few rides to adjust everything.

I'm also replace all but one piece of the OEM bar ends. Man... these things are a study in unnecessary complication! I think the original designers where getting paid by the piece! Here are a couple of pics comparing the old setup to the new one:


The original bar ends weigh 15 3/4 ounces each. My new ones weigh 3 5/8 ounces each. Since I no longer need all that weight to dampen vibrations, why lug it around. Besides, my new ones look so much better!

I'll post more pics when I'm done with the whole setup.
 

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I got the ATV Mid bars all mounted up and here are the pics:

Edit: I uploaded the wrong pics. I'll have to pull them off my camera card tonight.

In the garage, they seemed great. However, things can feel MUCH different on a ride than they do in the garage. So, I took a 375 mile test ride, and by the end of the day I was hating these bars. I underestimated how much the reduction in sweep would effect the overall reach. The combination of less sweep, lower clamps and lower bars (ATV Mid) was just too much of a change. I just couldn't get comfortable on the bars. It felt like I went from too much sweep, with the stock bars, to too little, with the ATV Mid. After an entire day in the saddle, might right hand was killing me.

Since I decided to actually replaced the stock clamps with the Protaper clamps, rather than using the adapters that bolt onto the stock clamps the bars just didn't fit me right. The adapters act as risers, while the Protaper clamps are actually lower than the stockers. In fact, the ATV Mid bars just BARELY had enough clearance to allow the bars to turn to full lock.

So, my next try is the Raptor bend bars. The Raptor bars, when mounted the way I did it, are about the same height as stock, just wider and with less sweep. Here's a pic comparing the Raptor bars and the ATV Mid:

I think that I may have it right this time, but only a real test ride will tell. Unfortunately, I have to wait for my new throttle tube before I can take her out. Hopefully, it will be here in a day or two.
 

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More pics. This time with the Raptor bars:





Bars will turn full lock to both sides. Nothing rubs. All lines and cables are (just barely) long enough. Very comfortable sitting in the garage. Test ride this weekend.
 

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I finally got a chance for a test ride and I believe I have finally achieved Handlebar Nirvana!

The Raptor bars feel like the were custom made just for me. They are about the same height as OEM, but the greater width and less pull back combine to give a (very) slightly more leaned forward riding position. The reach to the bars feels very natural and my wrist position is completely neutral. The angle of the pullback on these bars is PERFECT! The greater width gives greater leverage, which makes the steering feel lighter and quicker. It also sets the (Aprillia Tuono) mirrors out a little wider and improves the view.

I am 5'10" with a 30" inseam. The bars are on a DL1000, stock seat with an Alaska Leather sheepskin (1" thick). I used the Protaper Contour bar mounts so there is no additional height from adapters (it also looks MUCH better that stacked-up adapters).
 

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I used the Protaper Contour bar mounts so there is no additional height from adapters (it also looks MUCH better that stacked-up adapters).
I'm not a fan of the adapters either.

Nice set up, something else to think about...
 

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Depending on whether my bike had an upright stance or a cafe racer setup, I always ran 1970s era Suzuki GT185 handlebars or BMW R90S handlebars. Except for actually owning an R90S, the DL650 handlebars are the first ones I've left stock on a bike. They fit me just fine. I find it interesting to see how many people feel the need to change them.
 

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Depending on whether my bike had an upright stance or a cafe racer setup, I always ran 1970s era Suzuki GT185 handlebars or BMW R90S handlebars. Except for actually owning an R90S, the DL650 handlebars are the first ones I've left stock on a bike. They fit me just fine. I find it interesting to see how many people feel the need to change them.
I have a GT 185 in the back yard, it was one of my Mother's bikes when I was growing up...

As for the bars, I haven't had the chance to go on any real long rides yet so I'm reserving judgment until then but my first impression is that there are too swept back, only time will tell though.
 

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There is a really good handlebar comparison over at the vsri forum. I think it is a sticky. Btw, I run pro taper atv hi on my wee.
 

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There is a really good handlebar comparison over at the vsri forum. I think it is a sticky. Btw, I run pro taper atv hi on my wee.
Thanks for the compliment. That is my thread over there on VSRI. I didn't log on over there for a while, so they killed my username. That's why it says it was started by "User Killed."
 

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I've used Hi CR on my '02 and now on my '06 Vee, and quite happy with them. I have long arms though, so they worked well for me. Now I have a shoulder that is giving me problems, and since I added the Corbin seat, I'm thinking I may need to change the bars to something between the stock and the Hi CR bend.

How did the ATV mid compare to the Hi CR, sweep and rise?
 

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A couple of things need to be considered when talking to others about which bars they chose.

First, remember that a particular "bend" will differ from one brand to another. For example a Renthal CR-Hi will not be the same as a ProTaper CR-Hi. Neither will a ProTaper Contour CR-Hi be the same as a ProTaper SE bar in the "same" bend. The first thing I did was decide on a type of bar (ProTaper Contours with ProTaper clamps) and then I started experimenting with bends. In my case, the CR-Hi was so low that they actually hit the tank and gouged the paint! Check out the bend chart for whatever brand you are using to see the differences between their different bends.

The other factor to consider is clamps. 7/8" bars can be used with the OEM clamps on the V or the Wee. However, if you go to larger diameter bars, such as ProTaper Contours or Renthal Fat Bars you can't just slap them on. With a V, you can choose to change the clamps or use adapters. With a Wee, you have to use adapters. The adapters (and to a much lesser extent, new clamps) will change the height of the clamp assembly and thus the fit of the bars. This needs to be taken into account when choosing the bend as small changes can have huge consequences.
 

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Can anyone recommend a "fatbar" (29mm) that is identical (or close) to the stock bar on my 06 Wee?

I find the stock bar's sweep ideal, but would like to use the 29mm bars...
jus cause dey look cool:rolleyes:
 

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Depending on whether my bike had an upright stance or a cafe racer setup, I always ran 1970s era Suzuki GT185 handlebars or BMW R90S handlebars. Except for actually owning an R90S, the DL650 handlebars are the first ones I've left stock on a bike. They fit me just fine. I find it interesting to see how many people feel the need to change them.
I totally agree that the stock bars feel great. The only thing I want to change is the finish. I don't care for the glossy black. I would prefer a nice matte, satin, or even hammered texture. I'd also like to get the top triple tree powercoated black to reduce glare and reflection.
 

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Protaper Rapters with different clamps

I was inspired by Warhammers post when I started looking at alternate handlebars. I installed the Protaper Countours a few weeks ago and have put on about 500 km and really like them. I did trim 1/2 inch off each end (personal preference) which also helped so I wasn't pulling so hard on the wires and lines. I also reinstalled the OEM bar weights using the fuel line method shown on another thread.

The difference in my installation was instead of buying the Protaper clamps or using addapters I went looking for clamps with 10mm bolts that fit without modifying the existing bushings. I found that Renthal Bar Mount Clamps, Part Number CL003 work perfectly, 1 1/8 bar clamps with 10mm bolts of the right length. They are black so they go well with the black bars. I even reused to OEM plugs in the hex holes so water won't pool there. I could go back to stock as I did not alter the bushings, not that I ever would.

Thanks Warhammer, for all the info. These bars are great.
 

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There is a really good handlebar comparison over at the vsri forum. I think it is a sticky. Btw, I run pro taper atv hi on my wee.
I searched over at VSRI but b/c of the funky way their search works, couldnt find it- anyone want to point me there?
 

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The handlebar threads are at http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/board,70.0.html including http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,936.0.html pinned at the top.

There is a handlebar an handguard board right on the opening page in the technical area. I can't imagine an easier to find setup.
I'd have to agree. The VSRI setup is pretty easy to search through. I go there quite often for technical information.

I'm glad this thread came up again, as it looks like I'll be switching out my bars at some point this summer. After a leisurely 6 hour ride this weekend, I've found the stock bars sweep just isn't going to cut it anymore. I've always had pain in my wrist after longer rides, but after that one, it was really killing me.

Broad shoulders and the sweep angle of the stock bars aren't a good combo. Too much bend at the wrist. Combined with offroad bumps, it just won't work.
 
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